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Windows 7: Disk Cleanup vs Updates

26 Apr 2017   #1

win 7
Disk Cleanup vs Updates

I needed additional free space on my desktop's 250G SSD so I ran Disk Cleanup yesterday. It eliminated 8G in WIN Update files that it said were on the drive but had already been installed (and which were no longer necessary to retain). Upon reboot all seemed fine other than it took a long time (2 hours) for the re-boot with the message "Reconfiguring Updates" (or something similar). All seemed fine thereafter.

I noticed that before the Disk Cleanup I had about 600 installed Updates. Afterwards I only had about 300. The dates of the 300 remaining updates spanned the period of time I owned the computer. This morning when I turned on my computer it noted that there were 2 Important Updates ready to be installed. When I checked them they were both dated back to 2015. I went ahead and installed them and all seems fine. I noticed on my second desktop (it's virtually identical to the on which I ran Disk Cleanup) that it did not have either of these 2 older updates (KB 3019978 & KB3075220).

Question becomes, what did Disk Cleanup do to "reconfigure the updates" that took so long, and am I going to get a bunch more prompts to install older updates in the days ahead?

PS . . . I posted this under the General Thread because it spans both the Update & Maintenance Threads and I did not want to double post.

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09 May 2017   #2

win 7

I did not get any more older updates pushed, only the 2.
I still am not sure what the Update reconstruction did exactly.
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09 May 2017   #3
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

The two system I have not and all those before these two only take/took a few minutes to do a Disk Cleanup.

How you got 600 updates and now have 300 updates is be on my knowledge.
Both my systems have a little over 200 updates. The system I'm using now has 207 updates.

How often do you update your systems and how often do you do a Disk Cleanup.

I'm assuming that you are using Windows 7 built in (Disk Cleanup) and not a 3rd party clean up program.

It would be helpful if you filled in your (My System Specs) completely.

This tutorial by Brink will be helpful.

System Info - See Your System Specs - Windows 7 Help Forums

Take a look at my system specs. It will help you know some of the helpful information you can put in your specs.

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09 May 2017   #4

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

If you're running short of space move your personal files on an hdd videos and music usually eat up the most space.

I personally don't use clean up system files but it sounds like you have had this install prior to sp1's release might be past time to clean install and use media with sp1 already on it :)
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11 May 2017   #5

win 7

Yes I did use the WIN 7 internal Disk Cleanup not a third party program. This is the first time I performed a cleanup since I built the computer several years ago.

Yes this was an original WIN 7 install that was updated throughout the years regularly, including the update to SP1 (which may be why there were so many updates).

Only 2 older updates were pushed back to me after the cleanup and all is working fine with over 100gig of space recovered on my 250gig SSD. The primary space waster was the system recovery files that were set to occupy up to 50% of the disk. I don't know where that setting came from but that is what it was and I reduced it to 10% going forward.

Thanks for all your feedback.
The computer is working now working just fine. I will mark this thread closed.
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